12 months
19145 GBP/year
7100 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Working in humanitarian aid or disasters? Worried about people and the planet? This Disaster Interventions and Humanitarian Aid course from University of Stirling will provide you with the tools to become a skilled practitioner in disaster mitigation, recovery and reconstruction.

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University of Stirling 's MSc in Disaster Interventions and Humanitarian Aid  is an innovative and unique course that will assist social work practitioners, humanitarian aid workers, health professionals and volunteers to work effectively with victim-survivors of (hu)man-made and/or ‘natural’ disasters. 

You will acquire the skills to engage with the problems facing those working in disaster interventions, including family reunification, safeguarding children, adults and other vulnerable groups and rebuilding sustainable, resilient communities post disaster. 

This includes exploring disaster mitigation, preparation and prevention strategies within a community engagement and coproduction framework to create new, long-term responses owned and endorsed by communities.

You will be encouraged to learn from each other and innovate in disaster responses by exploring complex disaster issues in the safety of the classroom using videos, simulations and small group exercises. Your skills will be enhanced further through participation in a field-based learning opportunity involving a period of shadowing practitioners within humanitarian agencies, emergency responders and government departments responsible for deploying emergency personnel. Here, you will learn about agency policy, procedures and practices during deployment.

After you graduate

Graduates from this course are likely to be employed in the voluntary, NGO and statutory sectors concerned with disaster responses and humanitarian aid distribution, locally, nationally and overseas, e.g., the Red Cross, Red Crescent, Oxfam, Save the Children. Also, there are opportunities for employment in the United Nations and its associated agencies such as UN Women, UNDP, UNICEF, WHO and FAO.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Humanitarian Aid: History, Policies, Legislation and Contemporary Structures
  • Social and Environmental Justice, Human Rights, Ethics and Values
  • Theories and Concepts in Humanitarian Aid and Emergencies: Risk, Vulnerability, Resilience and Sustainability
  • Natural and (Hu)man-made Disasters
  • Communication Skills and Media Interactions (CSMI)
  • Field-Based Learning Opportunity

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International applicants requiring a student visa are advised to apply at least eight weeks in advance of the start date.


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a second class honours degree at 2.1 and six months of practice experience or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19145 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19145 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    7100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7100 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • Students from the UK: £7,100
  • EU students, Overseas (non-EU) students: £19,145

Living costs for Stirling

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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